Flailing fists forced air from the ball in a heavyweight volleyball brawl Friday in Southwest’s 3-2 District 15 championship victory at Sunset.
The Eagles (26-3) edged the Knights 17-25, 25-11, 24-26, 25-20, 15-2 for the victory.
“It was intense,” Eagles coach Maurico Diaz said. “That’s a great team. They prepared really well for us. We had a chance to play each other a couple times. When you play somebody a couple times, it’s pretty hard to beat them a third time.
“They came out here and they were pumped in front of their home crowd. We took a couple punches to the face, but we never gave up or stopped believing and pushing each other.”
The Knights (19-7) fed off the crowd’s energy for a big first game but soon found the wrong end of a 14-point deficit in the second game. The Eagles parlayed that momentum to go up 3-0 in an intense third game. But the home team roared back to grab the lead and held tightly, surviving a one-point edge seven times before coming out on top.
“It’s their home gym, so they are going to come out with a lot of energy,” said William Rodriguez, who had 12 kills and three blocks in the win. “They came out on us and put a lot of pressure on us, but we stuck to the game plan. We played hard and aggressive. We wanted it more.”
The Eagles won the fourth game and fought back from a three-point deficit to steal the fifth game from Sunset.
Danny Sainz had 16 kills, three blocks and two aces in the win. Ricky Reguera had 13 kills and six digs and Orlando Gomez had 28 digs for the Eagles.
“We have a lot of hard work coming up,” Knights coach Camilo Gaitan said. “I have a lot of young players. We have our work cut out for us. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and start all over again.”
Southwest host Killian Tuesday in a regional matchup.
Alex Lazo had 14 kills and six blocks and Will Tavarez had 31 assists, five digs, and two blocks in the loss.
Casey Wohlleb was hired as the boys’ basketball coach at North Broward Preparatory School.
Wohlleb was a member of the Eagles coaching staff as an assistant for the past three years.
“We are very excited to announce Coach Wohlleb as the head of our boys’ basketball program. He is an integral part of the NBPS community, and we are confident that he will excel in his new role,” incoming athletic director Michael Ostrowski said in a statement.
“He has enthusiasm, experience and wants to give back to a game that has given to him. We are grateful that he has chosen to begin his head coaching career here, and we are looking forward to the continued development of our student-athletes under his guidance.”
Late Thursday - Regional Quarterfinal: Miami High 2, Everglades 1 (10 innings): WP: Edgar Aparicio (5-3). LP: Christian Almonte. Top performers: Khalil Harris: 2-3, Run. Dayron Mallea 1-3, double, 2 RBI. Edgar Aparicio 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI. MH 15-9.
Everglades 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1-3-1
Miami High 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 — 2-6-3
TRACK AND FIELD
Class 3A and 4A state championships at University of North Florida
State first round play-ins